Common questions

What is meant by security clearance?

What is meant by security clearance?

A security clearance allows an individual filling a specific position to have access to classified national security information up to and including the level of clearance that they hold as long as the individual has a “need to know” the information and signed a non-disclosure agreement.

What qualifies you for a security clearance?

A security clearance eligibility is a determination that a person is able and willing to safeguard classified national security information and/or occupy a national security sensitive position. The three national security clearance eligibility levels are: Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret.

What is security clearance for jobs?

A security clearance is an authorization that allows access to information that would otherwise be forbidden. Security clearances are commonly used in industry and government. Many jobs in information technology require security clearances.

How much does a security clearance cost?

The average cost to process a SECRET clearance can run from several hundred dollars to $3,000, depending upon individual factors. The average cost to process a TOP SECRET clearance is between $3,000 and about $15,000, depending upon individual factors.

Is getting a security clearance worth it?

The ultimate worth of a security clearance-having one currently and/or being able to obtain a new clearance with few problems-is that it provides access to jobs which may be statistically higher paying than those that do not require such clearances.

What is the purpose of a security clearance?

The purpose of a security clearance is to evaluate person’s character, loyalty, trustworthiness, reputation, and overall fitness to work for federal government before granting access to classified information. These background investigations costs billion of dollars annually.

What’s required in a security clearance?

Security Clearance Some jobs require a security clearance. The security clearance level depends on the type of access to classified information and secure facilities that you’ll need to perform your job. For jobs that require a security clearance, you’ll need to provide at least 10 years of personal information and maybe more.

What are the requirements for a security clearance?

In order to obtain a security clearance, a person must meet certain requirements concerning character, criminal record, and credit history. The higher the level of the security clearance, the more strict are the requirements.

How do I find out if I have a security clearance?

Best way to find out what (if any) clearances you have is to find someone with access to JPAS (a Facility Security officer is an excellent choice), give them your name and SSN and have them look you up. This will at least handle any clearances done through that system (DoD focus).

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